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Living in San Jose Team

Hi, We're Ivonne Valdes and Octavio Garduno and we'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having real estate professionals by your side. We'd be honored to put our real estate experience to work for you. 

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Host a Cost-Effective Housewarming Party
Posted on 12/15/2019
Host a Cost-Effective Housewarming Party
Image by Craig Adderley from Pexels What better way to unwind after all the stress of moving and settling into a new house than to have a housewarming party? It doesn’t matter if it’s going to be a large shindig or small party, a fancy dinner or a casual barbecue. Whatever the plan, a housewarming party is a...
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Short-Term Rentals: Things to Consider
Posted on 12/08/2019
Short-Term Rentals: Things to Consider
Photo by Arek Socha via Pixabay In a bid to afford homes in high-value areas, many homeowners turn to income from short-term rentals to cover a high mortgage payment. You can benefit from this option with some caveats: Location really matters. A lot. You might advertise your home as near the coast when it’s really 20 miles inland...
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Is There A Perfect Time To Sell Your Home?
Posted on 12/01/2019
Is There A Perfect Time To Sell Your Home?
If you're ready to sell your home, you may wonder if the time is right. Timing is truly everything when you’re selling a home. If you have some flexibility, it might be a good idea to wait to sell your home. Even with time constraints, there are a few strategies to employ that can help you find the sweet...
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Should You Buy New Construction Or An Existing Home?
Posted on 11/24/2019
Should You Buy New Construction Or An Existing Home?
Once you’re ready to buy a home, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you want. Should you buy a new construction home, or look for an existing one? Builders may refer to existing homes as “used.” This term makes them sound much less appealing. Truthfully, there are many advantages to both new and existing houses. Benefits...
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What Clients Are Saying
I have known Yvonne professionally and personally since 2009 and in this time I have experienced firsthand her exceptional skills and expertise in the real estate business. Yvonne has helped me to purchase and sell multiple properties and has repeatedly given me advice that has helped me to make strong business decisions. She is professional, easy to work with, puts her clients' needs first, and has great insight into the industry. I highly recommend her as an agent to help you sell your properties and can testify that she will do a great job. Please email me if you would like to speak more directly about my experience working with Yvonne.

 

Ye Family, Selling multiple properties with Ivonne & Octavio

In a word, Ivonne is the best. We chanced upon her at an open house about 10 years ago, and she has been helping us with all our real estate needs since then. My husband and I both highly highly recommend her - our recommendation comes based on not just one transaction but after working with her for over a decade. We were first time buyers back in 2008. Our wish list was really tall, and the budget was really small. Ivonne spent over 2 years going to umpteen number of open houses, and touring so many properties with us without losing patience even once. She was always on time and always with a smile on her face. Finally when we found the "one", it was the most difficult transaction to close, being a short sale with multiple liens. It took 9 months of negotiations, maneuvering, dealing with a difficult seller, etc to finally close, and throughout it all it was Ivonne's knowledge of the process, experience, and positive attitude that proved successful. Five years later when we were ready to sell that house, we just went to Ivonne and Octavio (her husband - they work as a team), and in less than 2 weeks we had multiple offers, and were in contract at over 100k asking price. You would think, she couldn't top what she'd already done for us - but you would be wrong! The coup de resistance truly was the purchase of our current home - as before we wanted to purchase in one of the choicest zip codes in the Bay Area with a (relatively) modest budget. It was to be our "forever" home where we raised our family. Ivonne was attentive to our needs and on the lookout for the perfect match. Soon she was able to find an "Off-MLS" property that was listed well below the market price. We were amazed to have found such an opportunity, and jumped on it immediately. There were a couple of hurdles to closing but she guided us throughout, and I'm so so thankful for her as I write this sitting on my balcony off the master bedroom overlooking a sparkling pool! She is exceptionally knowledgeable about the business and market conditions, very prompt with communication, and has contacts in all fields related to real estate like contractors, painters, handy men, garden, etc. She is absolutely the best, so please do yourself a favor and call her! You will not regret it.

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